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Here are some random thoughts as I prepare to spend another day in exile after my mean boss forced me to go on vacation:

Barry Bonds got convicted of giving an evasive answer when he was asked to incriminate himself in front of the BALCO grand jury. I'm not a big Barry fan and I think we all know what he did, but I'm also not a fan of the grand jury system, which denies witnesses many of the protections afforded them during a regular trial.

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Nobody likes Chris Tillman more than I do (well, maybe his mom), but he's going to have to expand his repertoire if he's ever going to live up to his minor league billing. He can't finish off hitters consistently, though last night was more a case of him leaving a bunch of balls right in the upper middle of the strike zone.

Luke Scott made me crazy last night. He led off the second inning after the Orioles fell behind by three runs and refused to accept a walk from a struggling A.J. Burnett. Swung at two three-ball pitches that probably were out of the strike zone. Job One when you're behind by three or more runs is to get on base. Later in the game, he struck out in a three-ball count on a pitch that nearly hit him on the ankle. Hard to watch.

Bad night all around for Jim Johnson. He didn't pitch last night, but the Orioles lost to the Yankees and his New York Rangers lost in overtime to the Caps.

The highest batting average in the Orioles starting lineup after last night's game was .273 (Mark Reynolds). Is that good?

Today's vacation forecast: Sloth.

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